Running Like a Child

This week I logged into the Kansas City marathon website to register for the half marathon. The “kid’s marathon” caught my eye and I began to share the details with my little girls. The littles are given training logs where they color in a medal for every mile they run between now and race day up to 25 miles. On race day they have a 1.2 mile race to complete their 26.2 mile marathon.

Immediately they started running around the house as fast as they could to train for the marathon. They were so full of joy that I committed to running outside in the early morning with them. Carefully, we set our alarm, laid out our running clothes and shoes. Then they fell asleep willing the morning to come quickly.

Still full of excitement, the three of us hit the pavement the next morning, all smiles. The girls were running like it was the best day of their lives. I thought my heart would burst at the sight of their joy.

Wouldn't it be great if we could all run like a child? Carefree and happy, and eager for a new challenge. In reality, every day we get on this earth is a gift, and every step we take, running or walking, is a step we could take in a new direction. So we do have plenty to be happy about, even as adults, and even when the daily drudgery seems to pile up.

We can learn a lot from kids, and while we train for our race, I am going to try to run like one.

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